Relativity Media releases director Mark Tonderai’s House at the End of the Street this Friday, September 21st. The PG-13 thriller stars Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) and Max Thieriot (My Soul To Take).
Myself and a few other journalists sat down with Thieriot today and spoke to him at length about the film, his preparation for the role and whether he brought any lessons from Wes Craven to set with him. We also talk about his new role on “Bates Motel”.
In the film, “Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter Elissa (Jennifer Lawrence) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared – leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan – and the closer they get, the deeper they’re all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.” READ MORE
My Soul To Take isn’t a good film by any stretch, but it’s fascinating to watch in the same way an Ed Wood flick is. Wes Craven’s return to the director’s chair after a four year absence (and the first time he’s written and directed since New Nightmare) is an unmitigated mess, filled with unbelievable dialogue, the plainest kills possible, horrible acting, and a story that feels the need to rehash its exposition in lieu of a satisfying finale. In many ways, it feels like a Scary Movie entry from the future, compiling every cliché and random act of stupidity seen in genre films and trying to make them relevant again like fashion statements from a few decades ago. Even when considering that Craven hasn’t been at the top of his horror-game since Scream, My Soul To Take is still mind-blowingly inept. And yet, here I am, unable to take my eyes off the screen.
Universal Home Video has announced DVD ($29.98) and Blu-ray ($39.98) releases of My Soul to Take (review) for February 8th. DVD Active reports that extras will include a commentary with director Wes Craven and cast members, Max Thieriot, John Magaro and Emily Meade, deleted and extended scenes, an alternate opening, and 2 alternate endings. Early art can be found inside. In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again. Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven, or did he survive the night he was left for dead?
Arriving on DVD and Blu-ray February 8 from Universal Home Entertainment is Wes Craven’s My Soul to Take. On the day the Riverton Ripper vanished without a trace, seven children were born. Today, they’re all turning 16… and turning up dead. Legendary director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream) keeps your heart racing with a suspense-thriller filled with twists, turns and a dark secret that will send your soul searching for cover. Bonus features and art have yet to be revealed.